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Topic # 11717 7-Feb-2007 21:15
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Any word on a release date for this? Given that the X360 HD-DVD drive will arrive on 15th of March, my cravings for more HD content will increase exponentially! And for those of us with MySky, is it anticipated that we'll have to shell out for a new box or will it be sub-based? Or both?

Any info would be greatly appreciated :)




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  Reply # 60060 7-Feb-2007 21:51

spazz: Any word on a release date for this?


Not until 2008, apparently. Don't have any information on whether it will be mySky-compatible.





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  Reply # 60075 7-Feb-2007 22:33
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I'd be surprised if it wasn't. Now that the technology's available, I think it'd be seen as a backwards step to release a box without PVR capabilities. I've heard Sky are looking at a 3rd/4thQ 07 release, is someone able to confirm or deny this?




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  Reply # 60084 8-Feb-2007 06:47
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You will need a new box, the current MySky isn't HD capable.

I wouldn't get excited about Sky HD anyway, people seem completely oblivious to the fact only a handful of Sky's channels will be broadcast in HD and that 90% of their channels will still have a crap picture quality.


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  Reply # 60090 8-Feb-2007 08:48

I understand that a majority of sports coverage will be done in HD.

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  Reply # 60094 8-Feb-2007 09:14
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CrispinMullins: I understand that a majority of sports coverage will be done in HD.


Some NZ stuff will be (such as rugby & cricket) as Sky have recently put out tenders for upgrading of their outside broadcast gear. A lot of Aussie sport is also in HD so hopefully we'll see that in HD as well.


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  Reply # 60103 8-Feb-2007 10:59
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A lot of the FA Premiership games are shot in HD over in the UK, and broadcast in it too. Not sure about things like Heineken Cup Rugby, Six Nations, etc. They all tend to be shot by the local broadcaster so it could depend on which game it is.

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  Reply # 60108 8-Feb-2007 12:02
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I seem to recall some talk of TVNZ getting HD camera's soon as well? Not that they will be boadcasting in HD but they are getting them as they do plan to in the next couple of years.







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  Reply # 60120 8-Feb-2007 12:24
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TVNZ's Studio 8 at Avalon was fitted a couple of years ago with 5 Thompson LDK6000 HD cameras (also do SD), which is backed by Suite 8 that has a 90 input Grass Valley Kalypso Vision Mixer that supports both HD and SD. There is a suitable set of HD digital recorders (tape and Disc) in the VTR room to support all the above.

Studio/Suite 8 is (or was) at 610sqm the largest Digital HD/SD production suite in Oceania.

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  Reply # 60126 8-Feb-2007 12:36
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And yet we are still watching TV One news in 4:3 SD ugliness Cry Not that I realy what to see their news presenters in HD but widescreen would be nice.. I always think it is a bit ironic that they have a wide screen TV behind them Tongue out











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  Reply # 60129 8-Feb-2007 12:44
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It's 4:3?? Damn I just thought all the presenters were fat :)

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  Reply # 60130 8-Feb-2007 12:46
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Both TVNZ and Canwest have indicated that there FreeView services will be in 16:9, heres hoping.

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  Reply # 60151 8-Feb-2007 14:59
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A lot of programming on Sky1 (US primetime) originates on HD (CSI, Bones, Crossing Jordan etc.) so it should be easy to send that stuff over HD (even if it's already been shown on FTA TV before).  Also Discovery HD would be great to see.

PPV movies might be difficult since they would have to be re-encoded in HD from the sources and it's not clear that the source that TCL use to encode movies are indeed HD.




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